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Farming Link

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) production, printing and distribution costs and (b) circulation figures are of his Department's publication Farming Link. (325315)

[holding answer 6 April 2010]: Farming Link is a 16-page full-colour A4 magazine and is DEFRA's main way of communicating with farmers and growers. It is produced and distributed to 136,462 addresses four times a year. As well as a printed version, an online version is produced which includes a searchable PDF as well as individual articles.

Costs for 2009-10 were as follows:

Edition

Contractor

Cost (£)

July 2009

Postage

Royal Mail

29,874.36

Printing and distribution

Communisis

32,476

Editorial

Specialist

16,354.15

Design

Specialist

5,299.20

Photography

Specialist

3,197

Proofing

Specialist

382.95

Travel

Specialist

253

Bi-monthly online content

Specialist

2,990

Total

90,826

October 2009

Postage

Royal Mail

29,178.91

Printing and distribution

Communisis

32,956

Editorial

Specialist

14,221

Design

Specialist

4,608

Photography

Specialist

2,400

Proofing

Specialist

280

Travel

Specialist

150

Bi-monthly online content

Specialist

2,600

Total

86,394

January 2010

Postage

Communisis/DSA

28,948

Printing and distribution

Communisis

32,219

Editorial

Specialist

14,221

Design

Specialist

4,608

Photography

Specialist

2,400

Proofing

Specialist

333

Travel

Specialist

297

Bi-monthly online content

Specialist

2,600

Total

85,626

March 2010

Postage

Communisis/DSA

28,948

Printing and distribution

Communisis

32,219

Editorial

Specialist

14,221

Design

Specialist

4,608

Photography

Specialist

2,400

Proofing

Specialist

333

Travel

Specialist

297

Bi-monthly online content

Specialist

2,600

Total

85,626